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Schwartz voted one of NHL's most underrated players

Blues forward ranked second behind Washington's Niklas Backstrom for most underrated

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - In a recent poll of NHL players, Jaden Schwartz was voted one of the most underrated players in the League.

Schwartz received 6.8 percent of the player votes, second only to the Washington Capitals' Niklas Backstrom, who received 8.6 percent of the votes.

"It's cool to hear that your peers are mentioning you in that category, especially with so many good players in the League," Schwartz told "It's pretty cool to hear that."

Linemate Brayden Schenn said Schwartz is well-deserving of the label.

"In St. Louis, it's not the big market where he's on national TV all the time," Schenn said. "But he makes everyone around him better. He's good in the offensive end, he's good at stealing pucks, he sees the ice, makes plays. He gets to the net and is good defensively. He's definitely very underrated and he makes his team go. He's obviously a huge piece of this team.

"We weren't allowed to vote for our own teammates," Schenn said of the NHLPA poll. "But if I could have, I absolutely would have (voted for Schwartz)."

Through 52 games this season, Schwartz ranks third on the club in points (51). He has 20 goals, 31 assists and a team-leading plus/minus rating of plus-19.

Other topics of the NHLPA Player Poll included the League's fastest skater, best goalie, toughest player and more. View the rest of the results by clicking here.

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